Draft doesn’t end after the seventh

Posted by Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 – 4:12 pm

As GM Steve Keim mentioned last week, the Cardinals had already begun to reach out to call players (or their agents) who they think could go undrafted, beginning the weird recruiting process that is the undrafted rookie class. At once, the best of these undrafted guys are wooed by multiple teams like they are trying to pick a college all over again, while at the same time dealing with the disappointment that they were not picked at all.

(That’s not always an easy thing. Safety Tony Jefferson was one of those priority undrafted guys last year and while he ended up in a good place and was wanted, he admitted his undrafted reality actually affected his play for part of last year.)

The Cardinals usually assign a scout to a coach and then the two work together to reach out to the players. Yes, as was pointed out on Twitter today, if a team likes the player that much, they could instead draft him, but that’s a story for another day. Bottom line, only so many guys can be picked, and other potential worthy draftees are going undrafted.

“We’ve been aggressively calling players and planting seeds that if somehow they go undrafted, we feel like this would be a great fit for them,” Keim said.

This early UDFA push isn’t unique to the Cardinals. It came out Tuesday the Seahawks not only are doing their own recruiting but actually put together a brochure to send to agents with their own recruiting pitch. The race when the draft is over to pick up the other players to be included in the draft class is always intriguing. If the Cardinals don’t add any late picks — remember, they right now are scheduled to be done after the 20th pick of the sixth round — they will have plenty of time to work the phones and hoping their targets aren’t picked in the extended seventh round. These guys make a difference and some make the team every year. It’s where you find depth through the Jeffersons and Jaron Browns and Lyle Sendleins.




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20 Responses to “Draft doesn’t end after the seventh”

  1. By Rich on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Sendlein wasn’t drafted either, if I’m correct. Gems to be found after day 3.

  2. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: UDFA

    Good point. I’ll throw him in.

  3. By Kevin on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Daren,

    Have you or anyone noteworthy talked about the OLB/SS out of Georgetown, Dustin Wharton? The kid is a freak athlete, and was a beast against the lower leval talent. Strong? Ya, benches 225lbs 35 times! Fast, ran a 4.47, 40yd dash at a regional. Has springs… Yep, 40+ vertical… Just wondering and thinking he could be a UDFA steal..

  4. By krehbieo14 on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Finding undrafted free agents that fit the Cardinals scheme reflects the best scouting expertise assembled by the team. I hope they do well!

  5. By Nick Pepe on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    I have refrained, or at least tried, from viewing/reading/tweeting/ caring about mock drafts since the off-season started.

    You can’t help from peering at them now and again to keep the humor going and banter flowing.

    But with 48 hours to go I will start to pay more attention. The NFL network has taken over the MeTV dominance.

    Finally- the football blood gets flowing.

    One pre-draft question for Darren-
    In your years of covering the Cards, do you think this team (entering the draft) is deeper than any other. As BA eludes, and I tend to agree….., thanks in advance for feedback and welcome to 2014!!

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member
    Home game in February !!

  6. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Nick —

    RE: Depth

    Hard to say for sure, but it seems that way, yes.

  7. By Nick Pepe on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Let’s just get to Thursday. And then FF to the Charges

  8. By Andy Kw on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    QB Richard Bartel

  9. By T. Stone on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    A couple of interesting points in that article Darren.
    Jefferson admitted his undrafted reality actually affected his play for part of last year? Maybe that’s why he wasn’t drafted. Mental toughness.
    Also what would be interesting to know from Jefferson and others that got that call is what they were told by their agents VS the Cardinals. I wonder if the Cardinals ever made the call then drafted the player.

  10. By Mike Ellingboe on May 6, 2014 | Reply


    Don’t forget to mention Brown and Jefferson, they’d be good examples as well.

  11. By Coach K on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Great post Darren.

    As deep as this draft is, this post is even more valid. I hope those phones are burning up after this draft ends. I expect there will be several hidden gems out there to grab.

  12. By ored on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    gotta be awkward telling someone how much you like their game and how well they fit your team,but at the same time not enough to even draft them late.i suppose it’s a little easier with small school guys,but still has to put a chip on their shoulder.start em young with the notion it’s nothing personal,it’s a business decision.i suppose it has to be that way with million+ dollar contracts but it surely plays into any supposed loyalty on either side.

  13. By Austen on May 7, 2014 | Reply


    1. Calvin Pryor S
    2. Kyle Van Noy DE
    3. Cyrus kouandjio T
    4. Bruce Ellington WR
    5. Telvin Smith LB
    6. Colt Lyerla TE

  14. By Aj on May 7, 2014 | Reply

    Kouandjio will be gone before we get our 2nd round pick selection. 3rd is not realistic, it also includes “need” which is also unrealistic. BPA means BPA.

  15. By krehbieo14 on May 7, 2014 | Reply

    Can you imagine the rush an NFL scout experiences when one of his UDFA picks excels and impacts a team year one? I hope we find a sleeper out there!

  16. By krehbieo14 on May 7, 2014 | Reply

    Can you imagine the rush an NFL scout experiences when his UDFA pick excels and impacts a team year one? I hope we find a sleeper out there!

  17. By Coach K on May 7, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, Sowell running with the first unit at right tackle makes me wonder about the future of Massie and if right tackle will now be a high priority in this draft?

  18. By Darren Urban on May 7, 2014 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: RT

    I don’t think they necessarily have a “high priority.” If they get one, I won’t be surprised. But I won’t be surprised if they don’t draft one either.

  19. By OJ Taylor on May 7, 2014 | Reply

    Cards should give ECU’s Ty Holmes a call.

  20. By br on May 8, 2014 | Reply

    Honestly I live to see the undrafted signings not just the Cardinals ( obviously at the top of my list) but all teams. I root for the underdogs and hope that gems and diamonds in the rough are found as well as small school guys who to out to be big name pro bowlers, of course I want most of these stories to come out of Cardinals camp but i root for all the “Rudy’s” all around the NFL.
    Most have motors that just wont quit and they are exciting to watch and hopefully succeed!!

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